Friday, 9 August 2013

Hey trendsetters

trend·set·ter  /ˈtren(d)ˌsetər/ 
     A person who leads the way in fashion or ideas. 

I am what I am, and regardless of what might be the "in thing" at any particular time, I am who I am.

In 1999 I made a dozen dining chairs for our little house on the prairie. Hewn from heavy slabs of Corymbia maculata, commonly known as the Spotted Gum - the chairs are a big two-handed lift, more of a slide really. But they're very well constructed; mortice and tenon joints throughout and a two-part epoxy resin has held the tight-fitting joints in this oily timber together for an short age. Craftsmanship in timber. 

Seat coverings were a tough call for a minute, until my wife had the audacity to call "skins." Goats and scrubbers, fallow and wildebeest, red, chital and kudu made for an interesting menagerie of hunted game that we could sit on. 

Trendy? I don't think so.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

African Hunting Gazette launches online forum!

Hello hunters, wherever you may be.

A few years ago while on safari, I was snoozing at the Southern Comfort Lodge in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe after a meeting with the local pigeon racing club. I had a head full of Savanna and dreams of the black buffalo I would be chasing in the weeks ahead. There were khakis strewn across the room and my Pelican 1750 in the corner keeping the .300 and .450 banduki nice 'n' cosy.  And as luck would have it, just by the lamp, was a copy of African Sporting Gazette...

The last issue of the African Sporting Gazette, and the first issue of the African Hunting Gazette

Years later, Craig and Lesley Hunt are still running the Southern Comfort Lodge and I'm still a mad keen hunter! However the African Sporting Gazette has grown up a bit and become the African Hunting Gazette (AHG).

Just recently, the team at AHG have started a forum about all things to do with the grand adventure that is African safari. The forum is being host at their new site and to register you need to visit their "Create Account" page here

Given the quality of this quarterly publication, the excellent photography, brilliant contributions and top quality print, I hope that the forum membership will be equally mature and passionate about Africa. As they say in techy land, I'll see you in the forums!

And if you're looking for a top quality hunting magazine based in the South Pacific - you cannot go past the excellent publication, also quarterly, Guns & Game Magazine